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We expect more consolidation happening and certain companies go out of business - it's a healthy development, where only strong and modern companies can survive - Erik A. Jens, AMRO BANK N.V.

Erik Jens comes with professional experience in banking, financing and investments. He has specialised in private wealth management solutions, investments in hedge funds, private equity and real estate industry. Erik Jens has also held various senior...

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On Optimism, Idiocy and Generic Diamond Promotion

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18 july 2016

Eden Rachminov speaks about how to price and how to buy fancy color diamonds

Eden Rachminov, who is the founder and managing partner of Rachminov Diamonds, is considered as one of the world’s leading experts in fancy color diamonds, as well as the most ardent supporter of these gems. Rachminov published ‘The Fancy Color Diamond...

11 july 2016

Tanzanian women break new ground with gemstones value-addition

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04 july 2016

You can’t fake that ‘magic’ of the real thing…

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27 june 2016

Belgium's Polished Exports +8%, Imports +28% in May

17 june 2013

Belgium's polished diamond exports rose 7.7 percent year on year in May to $1.271 billion, while the price per carat jumped 12.5 percent to $1,993, according to data collected by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. However, polished diamond imports surged 27.9 percent to $1.314 billion, leaving Belgium with a net polished export deficit of $43 million compared with net exports worth $154 million in May 2012.
Rough imports fell 5.4 percent in May to $1.051 billion and rough exports increased 6.1 percent to $1.221 billion. The data resulted in a rough import deficit of $170 million during the month compared with a deficit of $40 million one year ago. Belgium's net diamond account for May, reflecting the net difference between exports and imports, plummeted to a deficit of $3 million compared with a surplus of $194 million one year ago.
During the first five months of 2013, Belgium has exported $5.778 billion worth of polished diamonds, up 1.4 percent year-on-year, while polished imports have fallen 2.3 percent to $5.542 billion. Net exports of polished diamonds totaled $236 million compared with only $24 million for the same period in 2012. Rough imports of $5.929 billion during the first five months reflected a 5.5 percent year on year increase, and yet rough exports have risen 6.3 percent to $6.333 billion, leaving an import deficit of $404 million compared with a deficit of $335 million.
Belgium's net diamond account for the January through May period improved 78.3 percent year on year to $640 million.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished

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